When word got out that Frank Oz was indeed working on the set of The Last Jedi, theories ran rampant. That Hashtag Show even predicted that the little green Jedi master would return but we didn’t know in what capacity.
His appearance was my favorite scene in the film, and what made it even more amazing was the fact that he wasn’t CG but an actual puppet. Confirming he was a puppet, Johnson explained why the 900-year-old Jedi came back. In a sit down with Variety, he said: “It really was [a puppet]. I realized Yoda would have a natural place in this.”
Johnson added: “Given Luke’s story, it makes sense that his old master would come back and kick his butt, to get him back into the fight. “That led to the fact that the Yoda whom Luke has an emotional connection with, was in the original trilogy.
“That’s the last time they saw each other. That led me to say ‘Let’s re-create the puppet from the original trilogy.’ “Neil [Scanlan, the creature supervisor] and his team found the original mold and meticulously re-created the puppet.”
He added: “Then Frank Oz came back and puppeteered it, from a hole underneath the set, and doing the voice. It was just like we were back in the early ’80s.